You can freeze gravy! I know it’s hard to believe, especially if you’ve never tried it before, but it’s true. This blog post will talk about how to freeze gravy without losing quality. It’s not that difficult to do, and with a bit of preparation, you can have gravy frozen and ready to go for your next big meal!
As the holidays quickly approach, many of us start to think about our menus and what dishes we will be preparing. One of the staples of any Thanksgiving or Christmas feast is gravy, and if you’re like me, you probably make a lot of it!
But what do you do if you have leftover gravy or want to make gravy ahead of time? Of course, you could freeze it, but is it possible to freeze sauce without losing quality? Keep reading to find out!
Can you freeze gravy?
The answer is yes! Gravy can be frozen for up to three months without compromising flavor or quality. When freezing sauce, be sure to use an airtight container so that it doesn’t absorb any odors from your freezer. I like to use plastic freezer bags or reusable silicone containers.
Ingredients required to prepare gravy
Fat (butter, milk cream, etc.), Flour, Liquid (broth, water, wine, etc. and Seasonings (salt, pepper, herbs, etc.) You cannot freeze gravies made from butter and cream for a longer time. But gravies made from flour and stock can be frozen for about four months.
I always make gravies with cream and butter in small batches to be eaten in 1-3 days. It is a good idea to refrigerate this type of gravy. The sauce remains intact in the fridge, but the cream and fat will separate in the freezer.
Onion gravies are also easy to freeze. Sometimes I make gravy with onions and tomatoes and then freeze it in small batches. And mix cream and butter when we are ready to eat.
How to freeze gravy?
To freeze gravy,
- First, let it cool to room temperature.
- Then pour it into an airtight container, leaving about ½ inch of headspace at the top.
- Label and date the container, then place it in the freezer.
- When you’re ready to use frozen gravy,
You can use freezer-safe containers or freezer-safe ziplock bags to freeze gravy.
How to thaw the sauce?
Here are a few ways to defrost the gravy.
In the fridge: Place the container of gravy in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
In warm water: Place the gravy in a bowl or pan and set it in the sink under warm running water for a quicker thaw.
Once thawed, reheat gravy on the stove over low heat until warmed through. Stir it occasionally, and taste it before serving, as the flavor may change slightly during freezing and thawing.
Sometimes you have to adjust the seasonings and spices in the gravies.
How long does gravy last?
- Homemade gravies will last in the fridge for about three to four days.
- And can be stored in the freezer for two to three months. Tate and flavor will change as time passes. It is good to eat the frozen gravy in under one month.
- You can store canned or store-bought gravies in the pantry until the expiration date on the label.
But if you want your gravy to last longer, you can always freeze it! Just be sure to use an airtight container and label it with the date.
And when you’re ready to use it, thaw it overnight in the fridge or under warm running water. Then stir it and reheat over low heat before serving.
Can you freeze gravy made with cornstarch?
Yes, you can freeze gravy made with cornstarch. Cornstarch gravies will last in the fridge for about four to five days and can be stored in the freezer for two to three months. When freezing cornstarch gravy, use an airtight container so that it doesn’t absorb any odors from your freezer.
Does homemade gravy freeze well?
Yes, homemade gravies freeze well. When freezing gravy, be sure to use an airtight container so that it doesn’t absorb any odors from your freezer. I like to use plastic freezer bags or reusable silicone containers.
Is it better to refrigerate or freeze gravy?
It is better to refrigerate gravies made from butter and cream. Sauce remains intact in the fridge, but the cream and fat will separate in the freezer. You can only refrigerate gravies in the fridge for 3-4 days.
There you have it! Now you know that you can freeze gravy without sacrificing quality or flavor. So go ahead and make that extra batch of gravy this holiday season, knowing that you can enjoy it later!
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